Welcome to my new Blog



Welcome to my Blog.
My Blog is mostly about my hobbies, ie Model boats,Cross Stitch, Gardening, Days out and about and Photography with pictures taken at and around our Model Boat club at Etherow Country Park, where I can be found quite a few days a week on the landing stage, you might recognize the hat and the dog rather than me. My models and other hobbies can be found in the tabs at the top above the header picture.
There will also be entries of days out with my long haired Chihuahua "Pepe", weather permitting of course.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Winter walk, Nov 2015.

Winter walk, Nov 2015.

Walking round the lake today saw this group of Mandarins and got to thinking what was the collective noun for these birds!.
Nothing found!, but a group of ducks on the ground is a "Badelynge of ducks"  and if they are on the water swimming they are "A paddling of Ducks".


Good flyers!.



As you might know a gathering of crows is a "Murder of Crows"
While most terms for groups of birds are linked to their song or habitat, this one has its roots in medieval folklore. With their dark feathers and jet-black eyes, crows were regarded by 15th-century peasants as messengers of the devil or witches in disguise. They were suspected of having prophetic powers, and the appearance of a crow on the roof of a house was taken as an omen that someone inside would soon die. 

Plenty of Robins about, those branches look as though they are ready to bud again don't they!, the weather must be a bit confusing for the wildlife and plants at the moment!.

 I always carry some seeds to attract the birds.

Autumn leaves. 
 Even though Robins are notoriously anti-social, they do occasionally come together,
 then they are a "Round of Robins".
Here endeth the lesson for today!.

Still wondering how a big tree stood up for so long in this amount of earth!!.

Pepe in a tight squeeze!, there was nothing down there!, Dad.

Then back to the Cafe for a warm drink!
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When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me!
Its a Joke!!.

A nun say's to the Mother Superior, "There's a case of Syphilis in the convent", Mother Superior says "Thank goodness, I was getting tired of the Chablis"!.

Why do reindeer's wear bells?,
Because their horns don't work!.
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Bye for now.



Friday, 20 November 2015

Third week into November,2015.

Third week into November,2015.

At the lake this week saw this massive though gentle dog, I think the owner said it was a Lionburger, I think it translates into a Three bagger if you know what I mean!.
Didn't phase Pepe though, even if I'd put him on the floor, he still wouldn't have been as big.


Then it was off to the local pub The Andrew Arms for a spot of dinner, they allow dogs with well behaved owners in!

Nice Haddock, chips and mushy pea's.

Guarding "The Hat".
Pity Pepe is on a diet, though he did attract a lot of attention, not from the local girls!, but the local builder guys who came in for their dinner!, big softies really!.

Pepe at his favourite place, Bob and Joyce's!.

Today, Marjorie and I went to the Golden Hind Pub for the Breakfast Club's Christmas dinner, which we had been invited to this year.
The Breakfast club as I call it, is the group of people that get together most day's at the lake Cafe and chat and put the world to rights, dog lovers all!.

Before I forget here is some advise from off the internet for all you dog owners, I for one use the Kong filled system when I go out without Pepe, which isn't often I hasten to add!

Nothing stays the same for long these days does it!.

Back to the Christmas dinner at the Golden Hind.
The group.

 Barbara and Marjorie!.

The other ladies.

And the gentlemen!, less me of  course, you wouldn't recognize me anyway as I didn't have my hat on!, I think a couple of the club had to look twice!. 

The lovely meal, good service with a smile and I think I can say that everyone enjoyed the company and the venue.
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The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing better to do!.

Don't tell your friends your problems,Tell your enemies, they're far more interested in hearing about them!.
A vulture boards an aeroplane carrying two dead raccoons, 
the stewardess looks at him and say's "Sorry sir, only one carrion  allowed per passenger"! 
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It's the way I tell em!!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Back here again!.

Back here again!.

Had to come home early today for the Gas Engineer!, but managed to get a few hours at the park with Pepe, he's still on his diet and has lost 10 grams since the Vet told me he was a bit over weight.
So feeling guilty I have changed my diet to Ham salad sandwiches instead of Bacon and Sausage butties, there again it will be better for me I suppose!
My cholesterol was down to 4.6 the last time I checked so I must be doing something right and Pepe will feel the benefit I'm sure once he gets a bit thinner, there again it's a wash and trim for him tomorrow, so that will be another couple of grams off perhaps!!.
Today at the lake it was quite warm for this time of year with only a few puffs of cool wind now and then, still got a nice walk in with the lad!.
Not been out on the Bike much at the moment with the wet leaves and mud about it seems a bit daft to tempt it, still plenty of time as everyone say's its going to be a mild winter, well you can hope can't you??.

Some mothers out with their children, enjoying the sunshine

The changing colours 

 The Mandarins still feeling frisky, the weather has got them puzzled as well

The bench here dedicated to a Hilary Shrubb, nice name for someone who obviously loved the park!. 

This is a nice pile of logs for all the bugs to winter in!.

A couple of weeks ago there was a crash in the park on the road up to the farm and one of the trees lining the road way had finally come down!.
This is the tree that came down, right across the canal and over to the central path.

 As you can see top right in this picture where the roots were, not much soil there and the trees on the left of the picture are not much better rooted are they!

Was surprised to see the root ball which didn't have many big roots to support such a large tree, I'm told the council are going to review the others lining the roadway!.  


Well after my writers block, will hopefully get back in the grove again now.

Glad I went to the lake this morning instead of waiting in for the gas man as I met a couple of old friends I'd not seen for a while, they have had some illness in the family but assured me they would be coming back to the lakes to get back in shape now everything was better for them.
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My neighbour knocked on my door at 2-30am this morning, can you believe that, 2-30am!,
Luckily for him I was still up playing my bagpipes.

The Grim reaper came for me last night, I beat him of with a vacuum cleaner!, talk about Dyson with death!.

Did you hear about the fat alcoholic transvestite?.
All he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary.

My girlfriend thinks I'm a stalker,
Well, she's not exactly my girlfriend yet!.

I woke up last night to find Gloria Gaynor standing at the foot of my bed.
At first I was afraid.......then I was petrified!.

Went for my routine check up the other day, everything seemed to be going fine until he stuck his finger up my bum!, do you think I should change my dentist?.

Doctors have just identified a food that can cause grief and suffering years after it's been eaten.
Its called wedding cake!.

That's all for now.
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